Literature and Culture

Casa Italiana offers also classes to enrich the knowledge of the Italian culture and literature. 

Each semester there is a new, fascinating course! From Italian movie classics to literary classics, to the study of characters that have made Italy what it is today, Casa Italiana's teachers will show you another side of the "Bel Paese".

COMMISSARIO BORDELLI by Marco Vichi

The book, “Il Commissario Bordelli” is about a police mystery. It is divided into two parts. One part deals with the personal life of Commissario Bordelli and the other part with the investigation he carries out regarding the strange murder of an elderly lady. The book is well written and interesting and takes us to the city of Florence for its story. In addition to reading the book, students will complete grammar and syntax exercises as well as write a commentary on what they have read.

Tuition: $385 (12 weeks)

Sun. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM;

Instructor: Liliana Lanzano   ONLINE

Starts: Sept. 18 – Dec. 18

ANTHOLOGY OF ITALIAN CINEMA

Selections from movies will provide the mature students with a rich overview of Italian history and society.  Discussions and role play will serve as a pretext for improving conversation skills and fluency, while analyzing the cultural and social aspects of the Italian lifestyle.  Grammar and syntax will be reviewed as necessary during class discussion. 

Movies: "La dea fortuna" by F. Ozpetek,  "Io non ho paura"" by G. Salvatores, "Pane e tulipani" by S. Soldini, e "Pinocchio"  by M. Garrone.

Tuition: $385 (12 weeks) 

Mon. 6:30 - 8:30PM;

Instructor: Ingrid Nifosi        ONLINE

Starts:  Sept. 19 – Dec.12

The learning material will be provided by the course’s instructor

GOMORRA by Roberto Saviano - Second Part

Saviano traces the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, a powerful crime organization. The Camorra uses an elaborate international system to deal in 

drugs, fashion, construction and toxic waste. Through this book, Saviano introduces the world to a new breed of organized crime. 

The class will discuss the book and students will present research proposed by the teacher. 

 

Tuition: $385 (10 weeks)

Sun. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish   ONLINE

Starts: Sept. 18 - Dec. 6

ITALIAN TV SERIES - Short Online Course

This course will give students a unique opportunity to familiarize with Italian culture and enhance their proficiency in the Italian language! Students will watch scenes from popular Italian TV series and use them to discuss and learn about contemporary aspects and dynamics of Italian society. Students will also engage in creative linguistic exercises such as: role plays, writing dialogues and scripts for TV programs, and listening comprehension exercises specifically prepared by the instructor. Students will watch clips of the following TV series: Il Commissario Montalbano; L'Amica Geniale; Il Processo and Don Matteo.

The learning material will be provided by the course's instructor.

Tuition: $225 (7 weeks)

 

Sun. 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM    ONLINE

Instructor: Ingrid Nifosi

Starts: May 22 - July 17

(no lessons on Sunday May 29th and July 3rd)

NOT OFFERED IN FALL

GOMORRA by Roberto Saviano

Saviano traces the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, a powerful crime organization. The Camorra uses an elaborate international system to deal in 

drugs, fashion, construction and toxic waste. Through this book, Saviano introduces the world to a new breed of organized crime. 

The class will discuss the book and students will present research proposed by the teacher. 

 

Tuition: $385 (12 weeks)

Tue. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish   ONLINE

Starts: Sept. 20 - Dec. 6

ITALIAN THROUGH IMAGES

This course aims to refine listening skills and fluency and to expand vocabulary for students who possess an advanced level of Italian. Through a selection of movies, documentaries, and independent videos, the course will discuss some historical, cultural, social, and linguistic aspects of Italy and its language. The course will adopt a conversational approach, however, grammar and syntax will be reviewed as necessary.

 

The learning material will be provided by the course’s instructor

Tuition: $385 (12 weeks)

Tues. 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Instructor: Lina Gioia       ONLINE

Starts: Sept. 20 - Dec. 06